Sonoita AVA Announces Spring and Summer Specials
Date(s) – 07/17/2017
Seasonal Steals and Events Abound in Southern Arizona
The Sonoita American Viticultural Area, one of the first winegrowing locations in the United States to receive the AVA status, is offering enticing spring and summer specials for wine enthusiasts. The South Eastern Arizona area encompasses a hidden treasure of vineyards among the Sky Islands of the Santa Rita, Whetstone and Huachuca Mountains that features award-winning wineries and tasting rooms.
The Sonoita Inclusive Wine Country Package features everything wine aficionados and local travelers need to enjoy the best of Arizona’s vineyards. For just $268, based on double occupancy, guests can enjoy a one-night stay at the Sonoita Inn, a charming western country lodge nestled at the crossroads of scenic state routes 82 and 83. The package also includes a complimentary bottle of Kief-Joshua wine upon check-in; a $40 gift card to enjoy the Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon, which is next door to the Sonoita Inn and features live country music Wednesday through Sunday evenings; continental breakfast at the Inn; commemorative wine glass and tastings at three locations — Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Village of Elgin Winery and Sonoita Vineyards. These three wineries are part of the Sonoita Arizona Wine Tour that USA Today deemed “one of the top ten wine trails in the United States” and are all featured on Ranking Arizona 2017’s Top 10 Wineries list. For more information on the Sonoita Inclusive Wine Country Package, visit www.sonoitainn.com.
While in town, visitors can enjoy a number of activities throughout spring and summer, including:
39th Annual Blessing of Sonoita Vineyards Ceremony and Festival
April 1 • 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., with blessing at noon
This limited entry festival includes wine tasting and commemorative wine glass keepsake, tasting of current releases, wine and food pairings, winery tours with the winemaker, vineyard tractor tours and a souvenir giveaway. Lunch can be purchased on-site from The Steak Out Restaurant for $10/plate. Horseback riding trail packages are available via Arizona Horseback Experience. Advanced reservations are required and can be made by calling 520-455-5696. $20 pre-purchase admission at www.sonoitavineyards.com, $25 at the door.
July 29 • 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Kicking off the season, this festival draws hundreds to the area for wine tastings, wine and food pairings, vineyard tours by wagon, winery tours with the winemaker, grape stomping at 1:00 p.m., and a procession through the vineyard led by Father Greg who has been giving the annual blessing for more than 35 years. Lunch and wine by the glass can be purchased from The Steak Out Restaurant and The Daily Bread Bistro. $25 pre-purchase admission at www.sonoitavineyards.com, $30 at the door.
Southeast AZ Wine Fest
April 22 and 23 • 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Celebrating the 33rd anniversary of the state’s original AVA, Kief-Joshua Vineyards hosts this two-day event representing 18 Arizona wineries with new wine releases, food vendors, a professional chili cook-off and salsa contest, live music and more. Tickets are $25/each day, $30/each day at the door or $40 for both days via www.eventbrite.com.
Kief-Joshua Willcox Tasting Room Opening
As April comes to a close, Kief-Joshua is set to open its second tasting room at 4923 E. Arzberger Road in Willcox, Arizona. This 40-acre property will be open Friday through Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Summer Concert Series
Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Beginning May 27 and running through August 26, The Kief-Joshua Elgin Tasting Room hosts a free concert series, featuring a variety of live entertainers, including Angel Diamond and Rhythm Jax (daughter of the first Motown Singer), Jenny Jarnigan, the Bryan Dean Trio, Corey Spector, Kroehler & Rovnak, Sage Gentle-Wing, Josh McCormack, Blaine Long (featured on Blake Shelton’s team on The Voice), Joerdie (the daughter of the Brand New Key, the Rollerskate Song singer Melanie), Tommy Tucker, Jacob Acosta Band and more!
Other summer events at Kief-Joshua include Dinner in the Vines on July 15th and Harvest Fest on August 26th. For more information, visit www.kj-vineyards.com.
VILLAGE OF ELGIN WINERY
Wine and Dine Events
May 5, June 17, July 15 and August 12
The Wine and Dine dinners feature seven mini courses, each paired with wine for $35/per person. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Call 520-455-9309 to reserve.
Reds, Whites and Booze
June 10, July 8, and August 5
These release events take place at the Village of Elgin Winery and Elgin Distillery. For more information, visit www.elginwines.com.
About Sonoita AVA: What began as a research project by a soil scientist at the University of Arizona and pioneering vintner, Dr. Gordon Dutt, in the 1970s evolved into establishment of the Sonoita AVA in 1984. Located about 40 miles southeast of Tucson, the area’s high altitude basin surrounded by mountain ranges, and unique soil characteristics make it an ideal wine-growing region. For more information about the Sonoita AVA, contact www.sonoitawineguild.com